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Biography of John C. Board


Biography of John C. Board



John C. Board

521 Burnham Place - Helena, MT 59601

406-442-9308 -

In terms of labor law in Montana, the subject of Episode 32 of this series, John was President of the Great Falls Education Association (1973-75), member of the Board of Directors of the Montana Education Association (1974-75), President of the Montana Education Association (1976-80), Vice Chair of the Montana Coalition for an Effective Legislature [MONTCEL] (1980-84), and Chair of the Montana Alliance for Progressive Policy [MAPP] (1982-84).

John was born on May 18, 1936 in Onarga, Illinois; raised in and around Kentland, Indiana (1942-1954); became a Montana Resident and has lived here 1959-1984 and 1996 to the present.

John is married to Mait B. Board; His family includes sons John-David H. Board and Andrew E. C. Board, Daughter-in-Law: Stephanie ) wife of John-David), Grandsons: Nicholas John Board and Haylan Erik Board.

Formal Education

  • University of Oregon; Eugene, Oregon - Summers 1970, 1971, 1972 - M. L. S. (Library Science)
  • University of Montana; Missoula, Montana - 1967-1968 - Post graduate in U. S. History/No Degree
  • University of Wyoming; Laramie, Wyoming - 1962 (Summer) 1963-1964 - M. A. United States History
  • Ball State Teachers College; Muncie, Indiana - 1954-1958 - B. A. Social Studies (Major)/English (Minor)
  • Alexander J. Kent High School; Kentland, Indiana - 1950-1954 - Diploma

Work History

  • September 18, 2005-present - Retired in 2011 - Deacon Episcopal Diocese of Montana - Helena, Montana
  • 2008 - Interim Executive Director, Montana Association of Churches - Helena, MT
  • 1996-present – Retired - Helena, Montana
  • 1984-1996 - Director of Professional Practice and Government Relations, Connecticut Education Association - Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1976-1984 – President (4 years while teaching) (4 years full-time, 1980-1984) Montana Education Association - Helena, Montana
  • 1968-1980 - English Teacher (2 years), History Teacher (10 years) - Charles M. Russell High School - Great Falls, Montana
  • 1967-1968 - Graduate Assistant, University of Montana - Missoula, Montana
  • 1964-1967 - English Teacher, East Junior High School - Great Falls, Montana



  • A State Board of Teaching: A Guide for StateAssociations, Revised Edition (National Education Association)
  • A Report on the Status of Professional Teacher Boards in the United States, Revised Edition(National Education Association)


  • A Report on the Status of Professional Teacher Boards in the United States (National Education Association)
  • Statutes of the State Boards of Teaching: Appendixes to Establishing a State Board of Teaching, A Guide for State Associations (National Education Association)
  • Independent Professional Teacher Standards Boards: An Overview of Activities for Establishing Independent Professional Standards Boards(National Education Association)


  • Characteristics of Independent Professional Standards Boards (National Education Association)
  • Characteristics of Independent Professional Teacher Standards Boards (National Education Association)


  • Teacher Licensure: Characteristics of Independent State Teacher Professional Standards Boards (National Education Association)


  • A Survey on Annual Teacher Certification Fees and Proposed Legislation to Alter Existing Tenure Statutes(Connecticut Education Association)
  • A Study of Certain Provisions in Tenure Statues for Public School Teachers in the United States(Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited The Practical Application of Technology in Public Schools in Professional Issues in Public Education(Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited What Connecticut Teachers Need for Effective Schooling in Professional Issues in Public Education, IV (Connecticut Education Association)
  • Edited Characteristics of State Teacher Professional Standards Boards (Connecticut Education Association)
  • Edited Our Children’s Schools: Are They Good Enough?: A Report on the Survey of Connecticut Public Schools Principals (Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited The Importance, Value, and Necessity of Public Schools in America in Professional Issues in Public Education, III (Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited Restructuring Connecticut’s Schools: The Community Learning Center (Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited Constraints Upon Teachers’ Condition of Work in Professional Issues in Public Education, II (Connecticut Education Association)


  • Edited A Professional Standards Board for Teaching in Professional Issues in Public Education, I (Connecticut Education Association)



  • “Great Teachers Are Not Solo Performers” in Education Week, April 29, 1992.


  • “Passion is the shared trait among great teachers” inThe Middletown Press, Middletown, Connecticut


  • “Jeannette Rankin: The Lady from Montana” inMontana, The Magazine of Western History, Volume XVII, No. 3, July 1967.



  • Edited A Special Relationship: Our Teachers and How We Learned (Pushcart Press).

Book Review


  • Images Offer Insight into Media’s Sallow Perception of Education” a book review of Images of Education: The Mass Media’s Version of America’s Schools by George R. Kaplan in ATE Newsletter.

Oral History Interviews


  • · Branson G. Stevenson - Montana businessman, artist, and a founder of the Archie Bray Foundation


  • · Jeannette Rankin - First woman elected to the U. S. House of Representatives and brother of Wellington D. Rankin - Montana attorney, Attorney General, GOP National Committeeman
  • · Edna McKinnon - Attorney, birth control advocate, and sister of Jeannette Rankin
  • · Harriet Rankin Sedman - Sister of Jeannette Rankin
  • · Mrs. A. E. McLeish - Montana suffrage advocate.
  • · Mrs. Kahl K. Spriggs - Former secretary to Jeannette Rankin
  • · Burton K. Wheeler - Former Montana United States Senator
  • · Sibyl Stout - Wife of Tom Stout, former Montana U. S. Representative
  • · John Baer - Former North Dakota U. S. Representative
  • · Belle Winestine - Montana suffrage advocate and press secretary for Jeannette Rankin
  • · Mrs. Fred Mauk - Montana citizen during the suffrage movement and during Jeannette Rankin’s terms in Congress
  • · Alice Paul - Chief strategist for the militant wing of the suffrage movement, founder of the National Women’s Party, and author of the Equal Rights Amendment

Church Activities

  • Present - Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Montana/Episcopal Church of the Nativity
  • Commission Mission Planning - Episcopal Diocese of Montana
  • Member, School for Deacons Board of Directors

Community Organizations

  • Present - Helena Suicide Prevention Committee
  • 2001 to present - Volunteer at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts
  • 2005 to present - Ethics Committee, St. Peter’s Hospital
  • 2008 - Interim Executive Director, Montana Association of Churches
  • 2005 - Ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Montana
  • 1984 - International Delegate, Japan Teachers Union’s Professional Development Conference in Kobe, Japan
  • 1982-1984 - Chair, Montana Alliance for Progressive Policy
  • 1980-1984 - Vice Chair, Montana Coalition for an Effective Legislature
  • Member, Montana Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • 1976-1984 - Member, Montana Advisory Committee on Children and Youth
  • 1978-1979 - Vice President, Jeannette Rankin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union - Great Falls
  • 1976-1980 - President, Montana Education Association
  • 1974-1975 - Member, Board of Directors, Montana Education Association
  • 1973-1975 – President, Great Falls Education Association

Publication Date

Winter 2016

Biography of John C. Board